I emailed Evan over at PC about his article and about the advances that have been made in DIY painted screens. I thought you guys might be interested in the correspondence.
> > Subject: paint formulas
> Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2011 10:51:34 -0800
> Hi Rick,
> I see your note about the paint formulas you mention being "far
> superior" to the white we ended up with.
> When color balance is perfect already, it can't get more perfect--
> color balance is either accurate or it isn't. When contrast and gain
> falls between the Studiotek 100 and 130, two of the finest screens on
> the market, one has an excellent solution.
> In what ways do you think the paints you suggest are far superior to
> the Stewart products, or to a paint which accurately replicates them?
> I'll be happy to test them, but I'd like to know what you think I will
> Evan Powell
On Feb 1, 2011, at 12:25 PM, Rick wrote:
There has been some real advances in DIY screen painting, particularly over the last few years. I think if you read through some of the linked posts, you will be amazed by what is possible.
Here is a thread that was spawned by your article...Mississippi Man (one of the resident experts) can be a little rough on people sometimes, but he with a few others have been doing extensive experimentation and refinement of their paint mixes, and these mixes have been implemented by hundreds of people with excellent results.http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1310840
(notice the screen shots showing the HC Grey screen and it's excellent ambient light qualities...all for penny's on the dollar compared to something like the new Black Diamond screens)
The two highest quality mixes out there right now are RS-MaxxMudd and Silver Fire. Here are the links to those two formulas:
Link for RS-MaxxMudd http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1139061
Link for Silver Fire http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1311989
I think there is another article in this if you'd want to pursue high end DIY screens. I'm sure many of your readers would find it very interesting and informative, especially when they realize they can get such stellar results for what some companies would charge just to ship their products
To be sure, there will still be a market for very simple solutions like a basic white; however, if someone is willing to invest time and effort amazing results can be achieved.
I hope this information helps you out!
Thanks kindly for the feedback. The purpose of the article was to raise awareness among novice readers that an excellent screen surface is possible without spending thousands on professional screens. I'm sorry if we didn't end up promoting someone's pet solution.
I personally find the effect of gray/silver, so-called HC screens, to be offputting, so I don't care to promote them as an ideal solution. That is true of all gray/silver screens, whether they are Stewart Grayhawk/Firehawk, or Biack Diamond, or Vutec's SilverStar, or whatever. Obviously some people like them. I also object to higher gain surfaces for home theater, but some like those as well.
The paint we found was a one quart, no mix, no blend, no muss no fuss solution that produces a beautiful image from a pure white surface. We were opting for a simple solution that has great home theater performance in a dark room.
If MaxxMudd is a high gain gray/silver alternative, it is a different concept with a different objective. We will try to mix some up and take a look. But if it ends up replicating the effects of the gray screens mentioned above, it is not likely to be met with a lot of enthusiasm around here. But there is room for differences of opinion. Some people love Black Diamond, and I would not consider having one in my house.
Thanks again for taking the time to forward this info.